Event Vision: Coney Island/Carnival Wedding Cocktail Hour, Part 2
And we’re back—with more Coney Island/Carnival inspired goodies for your wedding. We’ve already talked about food and drinks, let’s talk about color!
I love these colors for this type of wedding— Pantone’s Fiery Red (18-1664 TC), Blazing Yellow (12-0643 TC) and Cyan Blue (16-4529 TC). They are fun, punchy and exciting. While they are vibrant, you can use them sparingly and purposely, such as in your flowers, linens and food. What about your paper needs for your wedding? Invites, menus, escort cards, and other fun things can really carry this theme through your event.
I love these vintage beauties, the Coney Island 1896 Wedding Invitation :: From Royal Steamline’s Etsy Shop on the left, and Two Trick Pony’s vintage carnival wedding invitation. These are fun, but elegantly crafted which doesn’t make your event look it will be at Chuck E. Cheese. The Vintage Glam Blog offers Free Carnival Printables which would make for great accessories at your event. You can use tickets as your escort cards as well create custom popcorn and peanut bags with your names or wedding logo.
If you want to opt for something non traditional for your wedding guest book, look for vintage carnival or Coney Island post cards for your guests to sign like this one from Amusement Park History or these 1949 Coney Island postcards. Your guests write a message on the back and your designee can send them to you after your honeymoon. It’s nice to receive them in the mail and see the love from your wedding guests!
These arrangements of zinnias, paired with orange abutilon (flowering maple), chartreuse nicotiana, acid-green jasmine, and two kinds of berries: orange-and-yellow viburnum in white-glazed porcelain pots and gold-interior votive holder, from Treillage, treillageonline.com. (via Brides.com, photo by Victor Schrager, casual, but striking for this type of event. The red and white gingham linen from BBJ Linen are prefect for casual cocktail tables or to cover hay bales.
What is a carnival without games? Your local rental company may have fun games featured above like Wheel O’ Chance, Fat Cats, and Milk Bottle Toss which can make for great fun at your cocktail hour, reception or afterparty. Your wedding guests will be engaged and have a good time. Don’t be concerned if you aren’t the focus of attention—nothing could replace you!
Of course, you cannot forget about the photobooth! I love Our Labor of Love’s Smilebooth because it is interactive and so much fun (can’t you hear them laughing?). Incorporate fun props like sunglasses and hats, but remember to stay true to your theme with fake beards (A la The Bearded Lady), fake snakes, swords, and masks. Have a ball!
With all of these fun ideas, and great inspiration of at Green Wedding Shoes, there is so much to plan and design. Whether you choose to incorporate one or all of these ideas, your party will be an awesome party to remember.